Author: Helen Farrell

Editor-in-Chief of The Florentine, Helen writes about food, wine and all things literary. She is also a freelance contributor to Decanter. Email her at and follow her on Instagram @helencfarrell.
November 29, 2018

Why Starbucks isn’t a bad thing for Italian coffee

Our readers love to loathe the Seattle giant. But is it such a threat?
November 27, 2018

Giving back this Christmas in Florence

The biggest gift any of us can give is one that makes a difference. Whether it’s a donation to an association, buying presents at a charity bazaar or volunteering our time in a meaningful way, make this Christmas time in Florence a happier one for those in need.
November 16, 2018

2019 Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany

Here’s an overview to 2019 Michelin-starred restaurants in Tuscany, which vaunts three new entries: La Tenda Rossa, Al 43 and Ristorante Giglio.
October 31, 2018

Flying parrots (and other animals)

It’s 4:35pm and my in-laws have popped by for a visit. As they sit down beside my hospital bed, a “parrot” flies across the room and splashes its straw-yellow contents on the freshly cleaned tiles.
September 12, 2018

Three resorts in remote Tuscany

If I could escape anywhere in the world with friends and family, it would be to remote Tuscany. Skewing the worn cobblestones of Siena and Lucca and the honeypot hives of Pisa and San Gimignano, my ideal getaway would be a hamlet on a hill where the wine is divine and the soundtrack is cicadas. […]

A short history of the tramvia in Florence

At 5.38am on July 16, a sleek silver tram set off on its full maiden voyage. It marked the inauguration of Florence’s new T1 Leonardo tramline, extending the service between Villa Costanza in the east to the main Careggi hospital in the north. Consisting of 26 stops, 11.5 kilometres and 1.50 euro for a single […]
September 11, 2018

“Six Underground” Netflix filming in Florence

  We captured the action from The Florentine’s offices in via dei Banchi 4, near piazza Santa Maria Novella     American film director Michael Bay (Armageddon, Transformers) and a crew of some 450 film professionals are in Florence filming Six Underground, a forthcoming action film for Netflix starring Ryan Reynolds and Mélanie Laurent.   […]

In vino veritas: The Wine Talks with TF and Ruffino

Regular readers will know all about Florence’s The Wine Talks this summer. Writing about wine is part of my job, visiting cantine and interviewing winemakers. But the bread and butter of my work is reporting on Florence: sadly, in recent months more and more headlines have emerged about the city’s Gen Z falling prey to […]
July 4, 2018

Riverside bars in Florence

You’ll never be wanting for watering holes in Florence. This summer a few Arno-side venues stand out; we’ve included some landlocked locales, too. NORTH BANK Florence’s North Bank continues to pull in the punters this summer. Wood Music Garden (lungarno Colombo 23-27) intrigues with its contemporary design and lively events schedule, ranging from outdoor cinema […]
July 2, 2018

Wines that deserve a second chance

The fruit of this year's Collisioni Festival - Wine Project by Ian D'Agata: a reassessment of Italy’s most famous—and most maligned—wines, from prosecco to frascati.